We know it’s not officially summer yet, but we are definitely feeling the dog days.
Over the weekend, dogs of many shapes, sizes, and pedigrees gathered in San Diego for the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition. We sure hope the competitors brought their summer safety kits in addition to their longboards.
The competition, which raised money for the ASPCA, invited dogs to catch a wave and hang 20 out in the surf and sand.
With careful supervision from their human friends, more than 50 dogs competed in various categories. The scores were based on each dog’s best two waves. In the small dogs heat, Australian Kelpie Abbie Girl took first place, with Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Torri taking second, and a German Shepherd mix named Kona taking third. In the big-dogs heat, a Golden Retriever named Ricochet took first, and the winning dog-and-human team was Russell Terrier Zoey and two-legged friends Scott and Tyler Chandler.
The event also saw a couple of Guinness World Records broken: most dogs riding on a surfboard at one time (17!), the most dogs riding on a surfboard with one human, and the most dogs riding a surfboard at one time with two humans.